Squash love heat. They need warm soil to germinate and a long hot season to bear good fruit.
But even squash have their limits.
From mid-July to mid-August, twenty out of thirty days were above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
I got a few zucchini from my four large hills, but they were few and far between – not like the bumper crops one expects.
I barely saw any squash blossoms, and those I did see stayed mostly closed – not an ideal situation for pollination.
But, in God’s mercy, the temperatures have cooled to the low 90s for the past week – and I was delighted to discover plants full of wide open blossoms when I went out to water this morning.
Thank you, Lord, for this respite from the heat!